May 19, 2007 2:26pm
Re: PLEASE HELP (JANE'S ADDICTION) direwolf, anyone!! please
Available through Rhino Records' wordbeat (spoken recordings)
division, it is on a cassette-only release entitled _Hollyword_,
catalog number R4 71008. It is a 96-minute-long cassette of poetry
readings from different artists. Perry has one reading, called
"Letters To Xiola", that is 9 minutes and 19 seconds long. Perry
"The background of this piece is that it's part of a 4 or 5 page
letter I've written to a long lost friend of mine and Casey's.
It's probably the only letter i've written in the last five years.
Ironically, it's to a dead person. This is very different from
what I do with my band. When I write songs,q there's a great trick
involved. It's a big combination of being very simple, direct, to
the point. You have a time restriction in writing a song and you
also have to 'combat' other things that are going on with the
music. In order to deal with people's short attention spans, you
have to hit home quick. And on stage, live performance, I also add
body animation that is considered for shows. When I write songs, I
start out the same way I write straight poetry, and then I butcher
up my thoughts and try to fit them into something that would evoke
more of a syncopation. A lot of people can't hang with the current
poetry performed live. When I read I try to include other things
to keep people's interest if I do a reading, like utilizing
visuals, film tape manipulation, maybe brighten up the reading by
another voice in a loudspeaker, dancers.
I'm very proud of the words, lyrics, poems I write but people's
attention spans are very short since we are fed so much
information. It's often hard to pay attention to abstract thoughts
from another human being."